Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Where Do You Go?

On this Road Trip Wednesday, YA Highway asks: When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?

I like the question because place is the largest driving force behind most of my writing. I have never taken a journey to find creative inspiration. I simply walk and live and, in doing that, I am inspired.

When I stepped back to think where that inspiration most often happens, I discovered that it is both near my home and near water.  I think I am still trying to understand why water sets my imagination free.  Maybe because it is vast and uncontrollable, difficult to keep, always moving, bending, emptying, swelling.  Maybe there is something within it I can not capture and so I try.

Below are some photos of the waters that inspire me. I am lucky to live just steps away from them.

So, where do you go?

New York Harbor (I live on the the Brooklyn waterfront)

Atlantic Ocean (from Coney Island)

The Gowanus Canal


  1. The Pocono Mountains are always inspiring to me, and in the winter, I love brainstorming on the ski lift.

    Closer to home -- there's my goldfish pond. I'm thinking of heading out there right now, in fact.

  2. Long road trips across the country (although I can't actually write in the car due to motion sickness) and yes, the water. Always water!

  3. Cool pix, Melissa! When we lived at the beach, I would sometimes ride down and watch the waves. It was really relaxing, so I think that was the main key. :o) <3

  4. Lovely pics...
    Jogging/walking always works for me. :)

  5. I wish I lived in New York. Not much inspiring scenery where I live this summer. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I like this. Place is important in everything I write as well.

  7. That's some inspiring scenery. No wonder you love it.
    Water is supposed to do something to the ions in your brain so that could be it...